Honor Memorial Day today

I found this press release, dated 5/26/2000, issued by the President of the United States at the time, William Jefferson Clinton.  You can read the full press release here, but an excerpt from the release says it all:

Throughout our Nation’s history, brave Americans have donned our country’s uniform to defend our freedom and uphold our values, often far from home and in the face of grave danger. From the battles of the Revolutionary War through the epic struggles of World Wars I and II to today’s peacekeeping missions in a world with sophisticated weapons and terrorist threats, the men and women of our Armed Forces have served with skill and courage. While the challenges they face have changed with each passing year, their devotion to duty and to country has remained steadfast. For more than a million Americans, that devotion cost them their lives but secured for us priceless freedom, peace, and security. While we should remember these patriots every day for the profound contribution they have made to our Nation, we should honor them with special gratitude on Memorial Day. 

So many more of our nation’s bravest have lost their lives since this release.  I won’t try to improve on this but devote this Thankful Thursday post to the many men and women who lost their lives to retain our freedom, those missing in action and prisoners of war.  My sincere thanks and unending gratitude for the courage of these individuals and for the families who sacrificed so much.

God’s blessings on all service people currently serving throughout the world.  Pay tribute to the U.S. men and women who died during military service by observing a minute of silence at 3:00 PM, local time on Monday, 5/28/12.  

Originally posted on Active Rain, 5/24/12,

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